Although six more weeks was predicted for winter this year, it is already time to begin thinking about spring and summer products. To get the ball rolling and give you some ideas to get started, here is a natural formulary for the warm months of spring and summer.
Bamboo Soap½ tsp Kelp powder
1 tsp Parsley powder
1 tsp Ginger essential oil
2 ½ tsp Neroli essential oil
2 ½ tsp Amyris essential oil
1 ½ tbsp Aloe Vera juice
5 lb any CP soap recipe
Make base soap according to instructions. At trace, add kelp, turmeric, and aloe juice and blend well. Add essential oils and blend well. Pour soap into mold and allow to solidify for at least 24 hours. Cure for 4-6 weeks. Natural melt and pour soap base may be used instead of a cold process recipe.
Ocean Mist Soap
2 tbsp Rosemary essential oil
1 tbsp Lemongrass essential oil
1 tbsp Spearmint essential oil
1 tbsp Lavender essential oil
1 tbsp Bladderwrack powder
1 tsp Blue mica powder
5 lb any CP soap recipe
Make base soap according to instructions. At trace, add bladderwrack and mica and blend well. Add essential oils and blend well. Pour soap into mold and allow to solidify for at least 24 hours. Cure for 4-6 weeks. Natural melt and pour soap base may be used instead of a cold process recipe.
Herbal Shampoo1 tbsp dried calendula flowers
1 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
1 tbsp dried nettle
2 tsp dried comfrey root
2 tsp dried orange peel
2 tsp dried rosemary
20 drops lavender essential oil
½ cup jojoba oil
2 cup natural shampoo base
Infuse dried botanicals and herbs in the jojoba oil. Place your herbs in a crockpot. Add enough oil to just cover the herbs. Allow to heat at a temperature of 120-130 degrees. The “warm” setting on the crock pot should achieve this temperature. Simmer at this temperature for 2 - 3 hours. Once the oil has cooled, strain the herbs out of the oil using a couple layers of cheesecloth. Add 2 tsp of the infused oil and the essential oil to the shampoo base.
Blackberry Leaf Hair Rinse1⁄2 cup clean fresh blackberry leaves
2 cups water
2 to 3 fresh blackberries (optional)
Place leaves in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Strain the leaves out of the water and pour into a clean bottle. To use: Use as a final rinse after shampooing. Store in a refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Hungary Water Cologne1⁄4 tsp orange oil
1⁄2 tsp bergamot oil
1⁄4 tsp lavender oil
1⁄2 cup vodka or witch hazel
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a glass bottle. Let sit for 1 week.
Skin-Soothing Bath Scrub3/4 cup oatmeal
3 tbsp dried lavender flowers
1/4 cup dried rosebuds
1/2 cup dried calendula petals
Blend and store in a jar. To use: Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of bath scrub into a muslin bag. Toss the bag into the tub while it’s filling. Scrub your skin with the bag and/or just soak in the infusion.
Herbal Sunburn Remedy1/4 cup brewed green tea
1/4 cup aloe vera juice
1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Brew tea and allow to cool. Place ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray contents to affected area as often as needed. Refrigerate, and use within two weeks.
Bath Alchemy by The Bonnie Bath Co.